Save vs AutoSave: What is the Difference?

You should regularly use the Save button in BlogPad Pro to save your posts as you write them, as the Auto-Save is there as a safety-mechanism in case something unexpected happens. For example, your iPad could run out of charge or perhaps (but hopefully not) the app crashes. Either way, the Auto-Save mechanism is designed to create a back-up onto your device of the most recent version of your post.

NOTE: As with any digital document you may be working with, we recommend that you regularly save changes to your Post using the Save button. This is why BlogPad Pro reminds you of unsaved changes with a Visual Indicator above the Save button which says “Save Your Changes”.

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Auto-Save saves your post locally only on your device, and not to your blog.  So, if you’re editing a published post the Auto-Save won’t change your published content, you have to manually tap the Save button for that to happen.

You can’t access the Auto-Saved content directly, but if you open a post that had some previously Auto-Saved content it will prompt you with the following options:

  • Restore Auto-Save
  • Compare Auto-Save
  • Discard Auto-Save

Auto-save in BlogPad Pro

If you’re not sure what could have been in the Auto-Save, you can choose to compare the Auto-Save to the regularly saved version. You can then select which you want to keep.

NOTE: When you choose either the “Restore” or “Discard” options above, the Auto-Saved data is cleared (so that you’re not prompted about that same data again). That means it can’t be retrieved once replaced.

Auto-save in BlogPad Pro

Where Can I Find Previous Versions of My Post?

If you save your content regularly with the save button, and those changes are saved to your blog, (i.e. this won’t work if you’re working in offline mode) but you find yourself still wanting to revert to a previous “revision” of that Post you can still do this.

With the current version of BlogPad Pro, it’s not “natively” possible to revert to other versions, but you can get the job done by using the Web Dashboard to select which version you want, then updating that post from Live.

How to add a link into your post or page

How to add a link into your blog post or page from within BlogPad Pro

To add a link into your blog post, first write your text:

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Tap to select the text you would like to add the link to:

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Once the text is selected tap on the hyperlink icon in the toolbar. This launches the ‘Create web link’ window:

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You can add a link to an external website in the Link URL field or link to a post or page on your site in the ‘Link to Existing Content’ field. Just search for the post you want to link to and select it.

If you want the link to open in a new browser window or tab switch ‘Open in a new Window/Tab’ to ON.

N.b. If the post you want to link to is greyed-out it means you have only downloaded the title rather than the whole post and you will not be able to select it. You will need to fully download the post to be able to link to it. Also, if the post you are searching for doesn’t show up in the list you might need to download more posts from your blog.

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Once you’ve filled in the details tap ‘Create Link’ and the link is now in your post!

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Image settings and options

Useful tips for inserting and uploading images to your WordPress blog using BlogPad Pro and the settings which can save you time whenever you add a photo.

Image size:

You can control the size of your image either by adjusting the image width and height fields or by using the % slider underneath the image preview.

If the lock proportions tab is set to ‘ON’ the photo won’t be able to get squashed to the wrong aspect ratio.

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Hi Res versions of images:

When you add a new image from your camera roll the image will be uploaded at the size you set in the image width and height fields (above). If you would also like to upload a hi res version of your image turn the ‘Upload Hi Res Image’ option to ON.

Next to this option you will also see a ‘Link to Hi Res Image’ option which automatically links the image in your blog post to a hi res version. If you don’t check this option the hi res image is just uploaded into your media library for future reference.

You can control the maximum size of your hi res images in Settings > Media-related Settings > Maximum Image width (pixels) and Maximum Image height (pixels). You can see a screen shot of this below:

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Setting your default image size:

It’s useful to know the maximum image size your blog theme can handle, otherwise images can end up being cropped, squashed or breaking your page layout.

So that you don’t have to manually set your image width each time you add a new image simply tap on the green settings button (bottom left).

Scroll down to the bottom of the ‘General Settings’ list and you will see some new options:

  • Default Image Width (pixels)
  • Default Image Height (pixels)
  • Autosize new images in Post/Page

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If your WordPress theme can only fit images with a maximum width of 550px, you can set Default Image Width to be 550 and the turn ‘Autosize new images’ in Post/Page to ‘On’.

Now whenever you add a new image from your camera roll it won’t be bigger than your theme can handle.

Note: The image re-sizes to fit the smaller of the width and height options, so if you’re only concerned about the maximum image width make sure you set your Default Image Height to something quite big (i.e. 900 px) or a portrait-oriented photo will be sized according to the maximum height setting instead.

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How to edit your WordPress blog across multiple devices

If you edit your blog across multiple devices, have multiple authors, or use both your iPad and the web browser to edit your blog there are a few things you need to remember.

Before you start editing your blog in BlogPad Pro on your iPad ALWAYS grab the latest version of your blog posts.

After making changes via the Dashboard, when you go back to BlogPad Pro you MUST download those changes – there is no way for BlogPad Pro to know that you made changes via the Dashboard unless you refresh BlogPad Pro.

To do this, you need to retrieve the most recent Posts. There are 3 different ways of doing this:

1. If you want to refresh your whole blog go to Manage Blogs > Blog Options > Update Blog From Live. This refreshes your posts, pages, media library, tags and categories.
See below:

 Downloading your blog BlogPad Pro

2. If you’re just going to be editing a few posts you can do this by going into Posts > Post Sync Options > Get Posts
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Grabbing latest posts in BlogPad Pro

3. If you just want to grab the latest version of 1 particular post or page tap on the post and select ‘Update From Live’. 
See below: 

 Post options in BlogPad Pro

If you forget to do this, or if other people have access to edit your blog you can find that you have a conflict when you go to save your post with BlogPad Pro.

N.b. Also if you leave a Post open in edit mode in your computer’s browser whilst you are also working on that same post in BlogPad Pro, you WILL get conflicts. This is because the WordPress dashboard performs an auto-save every so often. When it does so, it alters the “Custom Fields”. So when BlogPad Pro is comparing it’s own copy of a Post with that from your blog’s server, it will see that the custom fields have changed on the version on your blog’s server, so will mark the Post as in conflict even if the content is identical. This seems to happen with self-hosted blogs only. Just make sure you close the edit screen in your browser before you start editing in another device.

Resolving conflicts

A conflicted post will either show up as a red ! icon when you update your posts. You can also see that there is a red notification badge on the ‘Posts’ menu option which shows you how many conflicted posts you have.

You can also use the ‘filter’ option to just show the conflicted posts or post which need to be synced.

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

To resolve this conflict tap on the post in the list and in ‘Post Options’ select ‘Resolve Conflict’.

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

You might sometimes see a message like this when you go to save your changes:

Warning message BlogPad Pro

If you get this message tap OK to resolve the conflict.

In both cases you will see a screen like this one which compares both saved versions of your post and highlights the areas which have been changed with a red border. You can see in the screengrab below that the content is different and is highlighted.

Conflict resolution screen

Just select whichever side is correct to resolve the conflict.

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Syncing your WordPress posts and resolving conflicts

How to sync your posts and pages in BlogPad Pro once you have been working offline.

If you have been working offline or without an internet connection with BlogPad Pro you will need to sync your posts and pages once you get back online again so that all your hard work gets uploaded.

Similarly, if you have been working via the WordPress Dashboard, you need to update BlogPad Pro with those changes. You can read more about this here.

When you are working offline and you save a post or page, it saves the post locally to your iPad and you will see a message like this one:

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

This tells you that your post or page has been saved on your iPad. Your post will now be marked with a yellow ‘Sync Required’ button in the list of posts (see below).

You will also notice a yellow notification badge next to the ‘Posts’ option in the menu with a number 1 in it, this tells you how many posts you have edited on the device but need syncing.

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

When you are back online and ready to upload your changes, tap on the ‘Sync’ button and from the ‘Post Sync Options’ menu select ‘Upload Posts to Live’ .

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

Conflicts and how to resolve them

If the post you are uploading has been edited in the web browser or on a different device since you went offline this will create a conflict, as shown by the red ! icon (below). You can also see that there is a red notification badge on the ‘Posts’ menu option which shows you how many conflicted posts you have.

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

This symbol indicates that both the local copy and the online copy of that post have BOTH been edited. To resolve this tap on the post in the list and in ‘Post Options’ select ‘Resolve Conflict’.

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

This launches a screen which shows you both versions of the post and highlights the areas which have been changed with a red border. You can see in the screengrab below that the content is different and is highlighted.

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

Select whichever version is correct and your post will be updated.

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Create a new page

How to create a new page on your WordPress.com or WordPress.org blog using BlogPad Pro for iPad

Step 1

 Tap the blue Pages icon, then in the pages menu tap the + button to create a new post.

Creating a new page in WordPress with BlogPad Pro for iPad 

Step 2

Enter your page title (you can always change this by editing your page settings afterwards).

You can also edit the following settings: allow comments, allow pingbacks, publish date, post status, visibility, post format and excerpt. The only information you need to add at this stage is the title.

You can change any of these settings at a later date by selecting ‘edit page settings’.

Creating a new page in WordPress with BlogPad Pro for iPad

Tip: leave the page status as draft until you are ready to publish your page.

Once you have added your title tap Save to create your page.

Step 3

Once the page has been created the new page opens on your screen ready for you to start writing.

Creating a new page in WordPress with BlogPad Pro for iPad

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View your WordPress blog Stats

How to view your WordPress.com blog stats from within BlogPad Pro for iPad.

If you are using a WordPress.com blog you can view your blog stats through BlogPad Pro.

Just tap on the green Statistics button in the left nav and you will see your stats page in the dashboard:

If you have multiple blogs under the same username you can use the drop down menu to switch between blogs.

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You can now also view stats for your Self-Hosted WordPress blog if you have the WordPress Jetpack plugin installed!

Don’t forget, you can download BlogPad Pro app for iPad from the App Store!

How to publish your posts

How to publish or schedule your posts and pages using BlogPad Pro for WordPress

1. Once you’ve finished creating a new post and you’re ready to publish tap on ‘Post Options’ and then ‘Edit Settings’

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2. Tap on ‘Publish Date’

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3.  If you want to publish your post straight away tap ‘Publish Immediately’.

If you prefer to schedule your post for a future time and date select, for example, the next day at 14.35.

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4. Then change the status to ‘Scheduled’.

You don’t need to do this if you select ‘Publish Immediately’ as the status is automatically changed to ‘Published’.

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5. When you’re happy and ready to publish just tap ‘Update’ and your post will publish (or schedule if that’s what you’ve set it to do!)

How to find which version of WordPress you’re using

It’s really simple to find which version of WordPress.org you’re using for your blog when you’re blogging using BlogPad Pro for iPad.

Go to Manage Blogs > Edit Blog Settings

Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see your WordPress software version:

find your WordPress version

You can also find your WordPress version by looking in your blog file system.

There is a file in your blog directory wp-includes/version.php. If you open this in a text editor you can see the version number.

This is only for WordPress.org (self-hosted) blogs, if you are using WordPress.com you don’t need to worry about which version as this changes automatically.

View your blog’s tags

How to see your WordPress blog’s tags on BlogPad Pro for iPad

You can view all your tags by tapping on the green ‘Tags’ button in the left menu. If you have lots of tags on your site (and I think most people probably do) you might find it easier to search for tag you’re looking for in the search box.

Another way of viewing your blog’s tags is by sorting them. You have the choice of sorting either by Number of Posts (Most First), Number of Posts (Least First), Tag Name (A-Z) or Tag Name (Z-A).

WordPress blog tags on BlogPad Pro for iPad

You can also view all posts related to a particular tag by tapping on the tag and the selecting ‘View Posts’.  

WordPress blog tags on BlogPad Pro for iPad

This takes you to the ‘Posts’ list filtered by the tag you selected. Just tap the ‘x’ to clear this selection and show all posts again.

WordPress blog tags on BlogPad Pro for iPad